I’m gonna try to make this brief (yeah, right). Sax Mike was in town for King of the Lake, the best Tahoe tournament and one of my favorite tourneys in general. 4 rounds at 4 different courses. Last year, I shot a 239 total, which put me in a tie for 3rd, and I lost the sweet trophy in a playoff. How did I do this year?
Round 1 – Bijou. This was my best course last year, and of course, I start with a dud. I only threw 2 birdies on a course where there were probably 15 to be had (27 holes). My putting was SO CLOSE all round, but I missed about 8 putts within the circle (only one airball). My ups also cost me some strokes. Good driving. After 1 round, I was 9 off the leader and 5 from DFL, in 19th place.
Round 2 – Zephyr – Lasy year’s worst round turned out to one of my best. I missed a 12′ putt on my third hole and thought “oh, so it’s going to continue huh?” And then I parked 3 of the next 4 holes within 2′. I guess if you don’t have to putt, you can’t miss them. Shot very solid. -4. There was only one better round than me the entire day (a -6). That has the possibility of being a 1000 rated round (my sixth ever, if it is.)
After day 1, I was in a tie for 12th, right on the bubble. Day 2, I start out practicing at Truckee when THIS happens. (Warning: it’s pretty gnarly-looking) I was wearing crocs and I stumbled on a rock. Ugh. This was about 10 mins before the players meeting. At go time, it was in pain, but the toe was not discolored, just swollen. I iced it and figured I’d tough it out.
Round 3: Truckee. It was set up as total birdie-golf (17 of 18 are birdieable, and probably a good half dozen would be considered must-birds.) I hate birdie golf traditionally, but not being able to run up properly, I did an awful lot of stand-and-deliver. I shot very well, for some reason. 7 birdies, and bogey-free (only my second tournament round without a bogey ever.) Like Zephyr, this was the 2nd best round of the tourney for this course (one guy shot a -8). Another 1000-rating possibility here. After three rounds, I was in a tie for 8th. They would probably pay around top 12. But would my foot hold out?
Round 4: Vista. No, it wouldn’t. I was in so much pain, my throws were all over the place, and I only hit one birdie. I scraped together a +5, which was not at all good. But considering I was limping badly and couldn’t plant my feet right (not to mention Vista is VERY rocky and mountainous), I can’t bitch too much. Seeing how nasty my toe got later, I was pretty surprised I even finished the tourney.
I was in a tie for 14th, which was somehow last-cash. They paid deep. Good for me. But considering I threw a total of 241 (only two strokes worse than last year), and I did half of it on one leg I’m pretty darn impressed.
Oh, and the toe isn’t broken. Although I can’t fathom how that’s possible. Must be all that milk I drunk growing up. For those keeping score, I beat Sax Mike by 28 strokes. Heh.
Up next? R&R. My foot is killing me.